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Drug Stores Duel For Your Devotion

Drug Stores Duel For Your Devotion

If you’re not already loyal to one of the country’s three major drug store chains, the trio is stepping up the battle for your business. But whether some of their new savings plans are actually improvements over what they have now, is up for debate. First up, Walgreens, the largest American drug store chain, has announced details of its entry[Read More…]

August 18, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Say Hi to a Hyped-Up Hy-Vee

Say Hi to a Hyped-Up Hy-Vee

The president’s in town. Yawn. So is his opponent’s newly-minted running mate. Snooze. But there’s a giant new supermarket opening today in Urbandale, Iowa! Make way for the crowds! The grand opening of a new $20 million, 95,000+ square foot Hy-Vee is all the buzz in this suburban Des Moines community. Customers who just couldn’t wait to see it began[Read More…]

August 14, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Scratches, Dents – Oh, And Putrid Dumpster Meat, Too

Scratches, Dents – Oh, And Putrid Dumpster Meat, Too

Last week, we brought you the story about the growing popularity of “scratch-and-dent” discount grocery stores (read: Seeking Out Groceries That Are Dented, Expired, Discontinued – And Cheap.) Maybe we should have called them “scratch-and-dent-and-rotten-and-stolen from other supermarkets’ dumpsters” stores. At least in one particularly icky case. Rodney Sparks of Monrovia, Maryland was arraigned earlier this week, on charges that[Read More…]

August 8, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Challenging “The Walmart Challenge”

Challenging “The Walmart Challenge”

Last month, we brought you news about how some savvy shoppers were finding fault with the “Walmart Challenge” series of advertisements (read: “Always Low Prices. Always. (Sometimes.)” They’re still finding fault, but now a recent survey is offering some insights about the shoppers most likely to be influenced by those ads. The Walmart ad campaign has been running in cities[Read More…]

August 5, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Supermarket Spotlights Size, Selection – And Suds!

Supermarket Spotlights Size, Selection – And Suds!

Some supermarkets are big and fancy – others are just plain big. Big enough to fit an antique car inside, to have an in-house cafe, and maybe skirt the local liquor laws a little. Kinsley’s Shoprite in Broadheadsville, Pennsylvania closed its 53,000-square-foot store last night, and opened a 95,000-square-foot version this morning. The store bills itself as “The World’s Largest[Read More…]

August 5, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Why We Love, And Hate, Generics

Why We Love, And Hate, Generics

Remember when generic grocery products used to be – well, generic? Those stark labels with black, block letters that read “COLA” or “SOUP”, with stuff inside that wasn’t all that great, and it was a little embarrassing to buy? Somewhere along the line, they turned into “private-label products” and became acceptable, even trendy, to buy. But now these popular store-brand[Read More…]

August 4, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Seeking Out Groceries That Are Dented, Expired, Discontinued – And Cheap

Seeking Out Groceries That Are Dented, Expired, Discontinued – And Cheap

If you want to go high-end with your grocery shopping, there are plenty of places like Whole Foods and super-supermarkets like St. Louis’ new Dierbergs and Schnucks (read: St. Louis’ Souped-Up Supermarkets). For lower prices, you can visit a big-box store like Walmart. If you’re on a real bargain hunt, you may pick up your groceries at discount stores like[Read More…]

August 3, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
St. Louis’ Souped-Up Supermarkets

St. Louis’ Souped-Up Supermarkets

Pity the poor grocery shoppers who aren’t in the St. Louis suburb of Des Peres today. Because while you’re schlepping down the aisles of your Muzak-playing, fluorescent-lit store, pushing an old shopping cart with a wonky wheel, Des Peres shoppers today are taking cooking classes, enjoying wine and sushi, visiting a clinic to treat their aches and pains, and listening[Read More…]

July 31, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Stuff Could Be Cheaper at Supervalu-Owned Stores – If You Can Find One

Stuff Could Be Cheaper at Supervalu-Owned Stores – If You Can Find One

You may or may not follow business news, and the name Supervalu may or may not mean much to you, but a change in the company’s executive office could affect anyone who shops at a Jewel-Osco, Albertsons, Shoppers, Farm Fresh, Shop ‘n Save, Hornbacher’s, Lucky, Cub Foods, Shaw’s, ACME, Save a Lot, Great Valu Markets, County Market, Festival Foods or[Read More…]

July 30, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
Kroger Slashes Prices (For Some)

Kroger Slashes Prices (For Some)

All week, grocery shoppers in Hampton Roads, Virginia have been told that “exciting things are in store” at Kroger. Today, those “exciting things” have been revealed. “Announcing New Low Prices!” the store’s weekly ad blares. A store executive tells the Virginian-Pilot newspaper that Kroger’s seven local supermarkets are cutting everyday prices on more than 10,000 of the 28,000 items in[Read More…]

July 29, 2012 Grocery & Retail News
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